Posts Tagged ‘obesity complications’

Are COVID Vaccines Protecting People with Obesity?

July 8, 2022 — In a word, yes. COVID vaccines are still protecting people with obesity. Two new studies remind us that, although people with obesity are more vulnerable to this virus, the immune response is still good in this population. This is true of the immune response to infection as well as the protection afforded by vaccination. A […]

Semaglutide for NASH: Disappointing Results

July 2, 2022 — Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis – NASH – has yet again handed drug researchers disappointing results, this time in a study of semaglutide. Researchers presented this phase 2 study at the International Liver Congress in London last weekend. The whole point of a phase 2 study is to see if a drug works for a specific purpose. On […]

Bariatric Surgery: Half the Risk of Cancer Death

June 4, 2022 — “The best possible evidence on the value of intentional weight loss to reduce cancer risk and mortality.” This is how the Cleveland Clinic’s Steven Nissen describes the release of a new study in JAMA yesterday. These observations come from a matched cohort study of 30,318 persons by Ali Aminian and colleagues. They found a 48 […]

ECO2022: The Burden of Neglecting Obesity Care

May 3, 2022 — One of the most interesting obesity conferences of the year is getting started this week. ECO2022 brings together a nice mix of science and policy with a balance that’s refreshing. So it’s fitting that the opening story is all about the burden of neglecting clinical care for obesity. In this case, the headline research from […]

Need Knee Replacement? Bariatric Surgery Might Help

April 20, 2022 — Every year in the U.S., surgeons perform about 800,000 knee replacements. By comparison, fewer than half as many – less than 300,000 – bariatric surgeries occur each year. Especially in younger patients needing knee replacement, obesity is quite common. In one study, 72 percent of knee replacement patients under 60 had obesity. So it’s quite […]

Half of Youth in Obesity Care Have High Blood Pressure

March 12, 2022 — A new study in the Journal of Clinical Hypertension tells us that roughly half of youth seeking obesity care have high blood pressure. This medical fact puts us squarely in the middle of a sensitive subject that arouses strong emotions. These emotions have their roots in the bias attached to obesity and the stigma that […]

Obesity, COVID, Mortality, and Trust

February 4, 2022 — By all traditional measures of public health, Vietnam was in a bad spot when the COVID pandemic began in 2020. It is a small country with weak health and political systems. But early in the pandemic, it succeeded in keeping infections and deaths low. By contrast, the U.S. has done rather poorly. Despite a high […]

Untangling the Metabolic Effects of Higher Adiposity

February 3, 2022 — We are pretty much done with the label of healthy obesity, because it is a perfect oxymoron. If a pattern of adiposity is healthy, then it’s not obesity. But newly published in eLife is a more thoughtful approach to this subject. This study seeks to untangle the metabolic effects of higher adiposity from other effects […]

100,000 More Diabetes Deaths, More of Same Policies

February 1, 2022 — It is a familiar pattern, but no less disappointing because of that. A government commission issues a report and cries out for action. “Another health crisis challenges the U.S.: diabetes mellitus,” says the report issued yesterday by the National Clinical Care Commission. The report correctly identifies obesity as a key driver of rising deaths from […]

Preventable COVID Deaths in Adolescents

January 15, 2022 — A new study this week in the New England Journal of Medicine brought home a basic fact. Severe illness and deaths from COVID in adolescents are almost entirely preventable. This is especially true for youth with conditions – like obesity – that would otherwise put them at risk. In a case-control study of 1,222 adolescents, […]